FOR SALE: D-Day Tanks And Equipment

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The Houston Chronicle recently ran a story about the Normandy Tank Museum shuttering its doors and selling off all their assets. As listed on the auction site Artcurial, thousands of military items, including tanks, vehicles, equipment and accessories will be liquidated as the museum closes due to lack of attendance.

For a lucky group of investors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own fully restored and authentic gear from a historic time in world history. As expected, prices (whether in Euros or USD) will range from high to insane.

Let’s hope most of the piece wind up in other museums around the world so that mere mortals like myself will still have the chance to enjoy all the restored details.

The Normandy Tank Museum is selling its entire collection at auction next month before closing its doors because it failed to attract enough visitors. The sale includes tanks, military vehicles, trucks, aircraft and motorcycles, many of which have been restored to working order.

More than 40 armored vehicles, along with thousands of military items used during World War II and dozens of mannequins in full battle dress, will be sold on September 18 by Artcurial, a Paris-based luxury auction house. The sale will be held in Catz, a town a few kilometers from Normandy’s Utah beach, where the Allies landed to liberate German-occupied northwestern Europe in June 1944.

The entire catalogue of items to be auctioned can be downloaded here:

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“We thought the museum would attract more people,” museum co-founder Stephane Nerrant said in a phone interview. “The terrorist attacks had a considerable impact on visitor attendance,” he said, declining to provide numbers. French refinery-workers strikes that caused fuel shortages in May and June nationwide also dented ticket sales, he said.

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  • Harry’s Holsters

    I hope theses make their way to the US via private collections or well funded museums.

    • Paul White

      Me too. But museum attendance is down in the US as well, so even here it might not be safe

  • Anonymoose

    That M3 Stuart costs about as much as a house. Would you trade your house for a tank? I would if my wife didn’t mind. Two people living out of a tank wouldn’t be so bad, as long as you had A/C and some place to cook and shower.

    • Major Tom

      I dunno, is the tank in question fully militarized and functional?

      • andrey kireev

        I’d think all the cannons/ MGs would be de-milled to comply with EU regulations. Ones in Russian museums generally lack the breech lock or have breech welded up.

    • jay

      I think the exhibits are wonderful. Expensive, but art in there own right. But lets face it even though each european nation has their own military, and some are very very good, the fighting/fighter spirit has left europe. It’s a shame. If they can’t find it again, through Nationalism, or Religion, I’m afraid the islamists will win. For those that like newer equipment, a Czech company is selling stuff more recent. Supposedly functional too. http://www .mortarinvestments.eu/products/tanks-2#currency=USD

      Enjoy!

      • Fox Hunter

        Nationalism can’t beat islam, only Christianity can. The Battle of Lepanto proves this.

    • jay

      I was trying to think of a funny comment about intimacy and explosives, or big guns going off. But I couldn’t think of anything humorous. But if your not careful, the neighbors will know exactly what you are doing.

    • CountryBoy

      Nobody will fight you for a parking space!

  • Der Führer

    Allied garbage

    • andrey kireev

      If it was garbage, then why did Germany lose the war (both world wars) ?

      • ItalianAmerican

        You’re asking the wrong person, friend 😉

        • andrey kireev

          I’m aware of that, making Wehraboos angry is one of my favorite things =)

          • KestrelBike

            F’ing LOL “Wehraboos”… Priceless.

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            You two should just get a room

          • andrey kireev

            huh ?

      • phuzz

        Quantity vs quality.

        • andrey kireev

          Please tell me more about quality of Gearboxes and Final Drives on Panthers and Tiger tanks. Let’s not forget front suspension of later models of PZ-IV and tank destroyers based on them.

    • jay

      I don’t believe you can purchase superior aryan equipment anywhere. Such as shame. ;-}

  • Major Tom

    Does that Quad .50 still work? Cuz it would go great on the bed of a pick-up truck.

    Too bad the price for it would probably be more than I’d make in a lifetime.

  • Bill

    Wow. I’ve only been to Europe a couple times, but managed to stumble over some preserved history here and there. Part of it may be that European history is somewhere around 2,000 plus years long, North American, maybe 500 years, and US, somewhere around 300.

    Google military museums in France alone and you’ll get around a hundred hits.

    • ItalianAmerican

      Bill, I *am* European. Born in Texas, grew up in Europe (Italy, France, Spain and Germany). I know how it is down there; trust me, they don’t like to look at recent history, especially nowadays when ‘fans’ of the US are scarce – scarcer than it ever was in the past. I don’t ‘hate’ Europe, but I don’t like it either anymore. I know it well inside out and at almost 50 years of age, I decided to let it sink and re-establish myself in the US.

      • BattleshipGrey

        If tourism wasn’t in play, would they keep any historical sites?

        • ItalianAmerican

          Good question.

  • Heretical Politik

    Just one more reason I wish I was a multi-millionaire.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Why do these things always happen when I don’t have €100,000 laying around?

  • Fox Hunter

    in france? no wonder the museum went under. put the museum in the USA.

    • Julio

      The museum depended on tourism, and that effectively means US and UK tourism. This tends to peak when there’s a milestone anniversary of the invasion of France and go much quieter in the “off” years; whilst any issues with exchange rates, politics or terrorism also hit numbers. So if the museum has ceased to be financially viable, a shortage of US visitors is likely to be a significant factor.
      As for the french…I guess French school trips still go to Normandy to see the key sites, but whether they would be taken -inevitably at extra expense- to a museum specifically dedicated to weaponry, seems increasingly unlikely in a Europe of austerity and pacifism: as if the Allies could have achieved what they did without such items in their arsenal!

  • Alex Agius

    Then again the way things are going today some are probably wishing that the war turned out differently…….

    • Gambler X

      possibly the dumbest thing ive read all day….but hey, its the internet and the day is young.

      • Alex Agius

        Then clearly you havn’t been keeping upto date on how the far right’s ranks have been swelling in europe throughout the year, AFD was a joke party only few years ago and is now growing every day, same for Le Pen.

      • Doom

        nope, the wrong side won. though the war no matter who won was a waste of millions of European lives.

  • Ranger Rick

    The prices on these items have increased dramatically over the last 20 years, Saving Private Ryan and increased wealth of “collectors” are to blame. The days of picking up treasures at Good Will, gunshows, grandpa’s attic and junk yards are long gone.

    • nick

      True, in the mid 1990’s, a good running Sherman would run you 20 to 30 k, now expect to part with 350k for a nice one, even the post war armor is getting up there in price,
      take a Vietnam era V-100 , these are nudging 185 to 200 for a finished one

      • Doom

        good god, 350k for a tank that literally tens of thousands were made? is demand that high? lol. that is bananas.

  • phuzz

    It’s not that Europeans don’t care about history, it’s just that there’s much more history to commemorate.
    D-day was a single battle, during a single war, in a place that’s rarely seen fifty years go by without a war for the last thousand or so years.

    Not to mention, there is twenty other museums mainly focused around D-Day in Normandy alone.

    • ItalianAmerican

      I doubt that the other 20-some museums were as rich as the one that’s shutting its doors; secondly, the theory that there’s more history to commemorate doesn’t really hold up. You either cherish history or you don’t and typically you look at the most recent history (still in the memories of survived ones and their relatives – fresh). Phuzz, the reality is that French people have never really been so fond of a certain past. Not even sure if they’re fond of anything really.

      • Evan

        They’re fond of wine, cheese, black and white striped shirts, arrogance, and poor hygiene.

  • John

    That rifle on the front of that Shore Patrol bike looks like a spill waiting to happen.

  • hal

    One of, if not the best Military Arms and Armor museum in perhaps the world was at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Its now gone, closed from government funding losses. Im not sure where the armor went, or the small arms, or the V2 rocket, or the Tarzon bomb that was mounted in front of the museum offices.
    I think that Society in general cares little for history of any kind. That is reflected in the chaos and carnage going on throught the world, which is going to lead to another world war, which will go nuclear.

  • darko

    Wow. Just wow. You do realize that winning was a group effort. Or are you trying to say that most Europeans are nazis/fascists?

    Oh, and how many times were you at that museum?

    • ItalianAmerican

      Darko, buzz off dude. You make some very foolish statements. Now tell ME, where are you FROM, exactly?

  • ItalianAmerican

    Thanks Nick – got you. It is hence declining as a trend. I see it. Thanks for rectifying my comment!

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Now accepting donations to buy one of those!

    Sent it to 5WarVeteran c/o The Firearm Blog.

  • Scott Goofus

    How heartbreaking that so few people have an interest in the history of these monumental moments in time and the relics that tell the stories. Today’s millennials are self-absorbed narcissistic brats who shrug their shoulders and mutter “Who cares?” as we try to rouse interest in the horrific struggles that defined our parents and grandparents, and in turn defined us baby boomers. As we die off, those who had a connection to and were guided and affected by the Greatest Generation will disappear, and in our stead will be found … ugh. The world will change for the worse, and no one will notice or care as the freedoms they fought and died for, and we came to value as we grew older and wiser, dissipate into thin air and become nothing more than a footnote in history. Only God can salvage what’s left, and our nation, led by the jug-eared Muslim, turns its back on him every day, assuring that salvation becomes less and less possible. How very sad.

  • AirborneSoldier

    Ill take 2.

  • AirborneSoldier

    All the ww2 vets are dead.